Middlesbrough arelooking likelyto complete one of the most remarkable deals of the transfer window so far, as keeperVictor Valdes is set tocomplete a medical at the Riverside on Thursday, according toGazetteLive.
The former FCBarcelona and Manchester United shot stopper is poised to become Middlesbrough's fifth signing of the summer, as they prepare to bolster their squad following their promotion to the Premier League in May.
Returning to the top flight of English football since 2009, 'Boro boss Aitor Karanka will be keen to secure the club's position in the Premier League for the foreseeable future, and the signing of the vastly experienced and trophy laden shot stopper will only improve those chances.
Personal terms have reportedly been agreed with just a few loose ends to tie up before the move is made official. However, the move has been expected since last week, after it was rumoured that the Spanish international had met up with Karanka in Spain last week, while Valdes was also said to have followed Middlesbrough on Twitter a few days ago.
Valdes is without a club after an ill-fated time at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal, where first team action was sparse, and most of his playing time came with the U21 side. Now 34, Valdes will look to commit to a much happier time at Middlesbrough, as thesix times La Liga and three times Champions League winner still believes he has a lot to offer.
'Boro have been extremely busy in their recruitment this summer, having already signedÂ£3.8m Danish winger Viktor Fischer from Ajax, free transfer defender Bernardo Espinosa from Sporting Gijon, €14m Dutch midfield enforcer Marten de Roon from Atalanta and young Scottish defender Jordan McGhee on loan from Hearts.